Indianapolis Star Front Page Scolds Religious Freedom Law: ‘FIX THIS NOW’

The Tuesday print edition of the Indianapolis Star will devote its entire front page to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)–not a news article but an editorial attacking the measure.

Karen Ferguson, president and publisher of the paper, tweeted a preview of the front page layout.

“We are at a critical moment in Indiana’s history,” the article begins. The RFRA, it states, “no matter its original intent already has done enormous harm to our state and potentially our economic future.”

The solution, according to the op-ed, is the passage of a second law “to prohibit discrimination in employment, education, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.”

“These protections and RFRA can co-exist,” the piece declares. “They do elsewhere.”

Below the article, a message invites readers to “join the hashtag, the social movement” #WeAreIndiana in protest of the law, “to spread the message… Indiana embraces everyone and we do not discriminate.”

Aside from a general index of the paper’s sections, the only other content on the front page layout includes a series of headlines related to further RFRA coverage and the day’s weather forecast.


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